A COLLECTION OF DRIVE IN FIXINGS (NAILS) BOARD 3 PG 3
Numbers 114 to 126 kindly donated by Mr Trevor Dickerson of Knighton.
114. A Keep or Receiver nail which would have been driven into a doorframe and a bolt (probably wood) attached to the door being pushed over to secure said door, as per no 112.
115. Four cast steel nails, their use unknown to me. The tee shaped nail is very heavy for its length, the one to the right is decorative only, used on doors to simulate old large nails.
116. A Clout chisel pointed countersunk nail as per the Office of Ordnance, July 1812. This was a list of nails that was sent out to the British Garrison at Halifax, Nova Scotia that they would use to order from. By the time the order reached the UK and returned to Halifax as many as five months could have elapsed.
117. A Die Dog nail as per no 116.
118. A rose head nail.
119. Rose head sharp point.
120. A Receiver nail as for a Suffolk latch.
121. Two nails with points which have been driven into very hard wood. You can see where the metal has de-laminated with the force of hammer blows. Had this been on or near the end of the wood then it would have split open, on the other hand if they had used a chisel pointed nail there would have been no problem as the chisel-pointed nail would have cut its way through without splitting or damaging the nail.
122. Clout chisel pointed, countersink with the letter “N” on the head for “Nettlefolds”.
123. Slating broad headed galvanized, head stamped “VM”. Possibly Vivian’s Morriston (Swansea).
124. Three rose headed flat points. As per no 116.
125. A Bell post. The bell being placed on the top and held on with a small nut, a hammer would have been attached to the spring somehow and when the lady of the house pulled on the bell it would ring in the servant’s quarters.
126. A gate receiver with a fancy beard on the under side.
127. Two nails, the first, 10 inch square wire twist, the other an 11½ inch wrought nail with a haunch on one side only. Donated by Mr Alan Williams of Aberdare.
128. A coffin nail used for covering screw heads on the lids. Coffin screws were driven in using a key and when finished they protrude above the lid, the nail was then placed over them.
128 A. This nail was sold to me as a French nail, but is in fact a Spanish nail from the 15th century information taken from (Spanish Ironwork) by Arthur Byne and Mildred Stapley and published by (The Hispanic Society of America 1915)